Latest News from RCL Building Services

London Road Fire Station Manchester – Building works

Manchester listed building worksLondon Road Fire Station was opened in 1906. It cost £142,000 to build and was built by J. Gerrard and Sons of Swinton. It has been a Grade 2 listed building since 1974.

In addition to a fire station, the building housed a police station, an ambulance station, a bank, a coroner’s court, and a gas-meter testing station. The fire station operated for eighty years, housing the firemen, their families, and the horse-drawn appliances that were replaced by motorised vehicles a few years after its opening. It was visited by royalty in 1942, in recognition of the brigade’s wartime efforts. After the war it became a training centre and in 1952 became the first centre equipped to record emergency calls. However, the fire station became expensive to maintain and after council reorganisation decline set in.

The fire station closed in 1986, since when it has been largely unused despite several redevelopment proposals. It was placed on English Heritage’s Buildings at Risk Register in 2001 and in 2010 Manchester City Council served a compulsory purchase order on the fire station’s owner, Brittania Hotels. Britannia announced in 2015 their intention to sell the building opening up the possibility of redevelopment after nearly 30 years of dereliction.

London Road Fire Station was put on the market on 1 May 2015 . Allied London acquired the firestation on 16 November 2015

RCL Construction has undertaken significant works at the premises including:

  • the installing of steel props to support the engine room floor from the basement and
  • designing and installing support scaffold to support the external walkways in the courtyard at first floor level.

RCL Construction has significant experience of working on historic buildings and if you are looking to undertake work on a listed building do call us today.

Building refurbishments at Bollicinis in Chester completed

Chester’s finest Italian restauarant and cocktail bar receives building makeover!

restuarant refurbishment ChesterRCL Construction has completed a full refurbishment of Chester’s award winning restaurant,  including:

  • a complete re wiring,

  • new heating and ventilation,

  • new flooring throughout,

  • new bar and waiter stations,

  • glazed balustrading,

  • banquette seating

  • and complete redecoration throughout.

The photos show the excellent professional finish to this project which has clearly established the restuarant location as the finest Italian restuarant in Chester.

Chester City Walls – historic monument receives new steps!

Chester City Walls construction project

City walls chester building worksRCL Construction were commissioned to build steps from the Roman City walls leading to the Chester Cathedral Falconry centre and Deans garden.

Planning and listed building consent were required for the oak and metal mesh staircase as well as scheduled ancient monument consent from Historic England. That’s because this section of the walls is a scheduled monument and grade I listed.

The steps also sit on the Abbey Green Roman site, which is also a scheduled monument due to its archaeological significance, as the site was once home to the vast barrack blocks which housed the Roman soldiers of fortress Deva, the largest Roman fortress in Britain. The area is currently the subject of a community archaeology project.

Due to the significance of the walls, the design of the stairs is free-standing, with no means of support from the walls. And because of the importance of the Roman remains, the design minimises the requirement to excavate for foundations.

Macdonald Hotels – internal and external refurbishment works.

Macdonald Hotels building worksRCL Construction has undertaken various internal and external refurbishment works  at the Portal Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa in Tarporley, Cheshire.

In addition other building works have also been undertaken at:

  • The Hill Valley Hotel Golf resort and Spa,
  • New Blossoms Hotel Chester,
  • Craxton Wood Hotel Near Chester,
  • Kilhey Court Hotel Wigan and
  • The Lymm Hotel, Warrington.

For more information visit our clients page

Building conservation works completed at St Mary’s Church Nantwich, Cheshire.

St Marys Church Nantwich Building worksSt Mary’s Church Nantwich, Cheshire.

St Mary’s Church is in the centre of the market town of Nantwich, Cheshire, England. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building.

RCL Construction has undertaken various conservation works to replace and restore external rain water systems.

For further information about the conservation project visit our clients page.

Property Maintenance Services Chester and surrounding areas

Worker Climbing UpWorker Climbing UpWorker Climbing UpWorker Climbing UpRCL Construction provides professional property maintenance services to a variety of companies In Chester, across Cheshire and beyond.

p3Our client base includes companies both big and small and includes the Macdonald Hotel Group, local councils, churches, schools and private limited companies.

Our property maintenance services allow you to have peace of mind when things go wrong! We can bespoke our support to meet your requirements so that damage or servicing of your property can be quickly rectified ensuring the saftey of your employees and your premises.

If you would like to discuss your property maintenance support requirmements contact us today for a FREE quotation.


Nantwich Town Council building works – Nantwich Civic Hall

Building works Nantwich Town CouncilNantwich Town Council

Nantwich Civic Hall opened its doors on 1st December 1951 and has been a venue for entertainment, parties and special occasions since.

RCL Construction has undertaken building works which have comprised of internal alterations and modifications to provide new updated toilet facilities.  This has included refurbishment and updating of both the ladies, gents and disabled toilets including the installation of new walls, ceilings, floor coverings. In addition the following have been installed – new IPS panels, complete rewiring, a new ventilation system and  the formation of new lobby area. One of the largest tasks has been the installation of a new suspended ceiling in the main hall together with the creation of a new emergency exit and steps from the main hall.

The works were carried out between January 2015 and March 2015.

For more information please visit our clients page.

St Michael’s Church, Pensby building project completed

St Michaels Church Pensby building worksSt Michael’s Church, Pensby

RCL Construction has undertaken a variety of building works which included the demolition of several brick columns and the installation of a 11m steel beam to facilitate opening up the floor area of the Church. Additional works have included extensive re wiring and the installation of a new light and audio system, new ceilings throughout and the complete re decoration and carpeting of the premises. The works were undertaken between March 2015 and June 2015.

To find out more about the church project visit our clients page.

Extensive works in a period property on behalf of Grosvenor Estates

building works cheshire Grosvenor estatesRCL Construction has undertaken . Eccleston Paddocks (or The Paddocks) is a large house in the village of Eccleston, Cheshire. It is recorded as a designated Grade II* listed building. The house has 2½ storeys and a basement. The basement and ground floor are in red sandstone with horizontal bands of lighter stone.

This substantial contract was started in July 2014 and was completed in November 2014. The building works comprised of a complete internal refurbishment.

For more on this project visit our clients page.

Latest Building Project – St Oswald’s School, Nantwich.


St Oswald’s is a small rural school based three miles outside the historic market town of Nantwich. Its setting along a country lane, surrounded by fields is idyllic.Latest Building ProjectSt Oswalds School, Nantwich

The original Victorian building (built in 1887) has been extended over the years to accommodate the growing needs of the school.

RCL Building Services is delighted to be building a further classroom facility to fit in with the existing Victorian school house which will provide much needed additional class room facilities for the school.

Images of the new class room (right) show the completed view of the building, which is due for completion in early 2013.

RCL Building Services has excellent experience in the educational sector , completing numerous buildings projects for schools in Wales and the North West.

For more information on this project or to find out how RCL Building Services can assist on your forthcoming building requirements , please contact our Cardiff or Chester offices at your convenience.



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